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No, ERIC is not some Casanova lurking in your local library, in fact, it is a useful research tool designed to assist educators.

ERIC stands for Education Resources Information Center. It is a digital library of education-related resources, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC's mission is to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable, Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information in order to increase the availability and quality of information for educators, researchers, and the general public.

When the ERIC Clearinghouse system was eliminated by the federal government in December 2003, ERIC information was massively reorganized and most of the content was dispersed across the Internet. This content migration provides you with three new ways to access research-based information about gifted education:

Gifted ERIC Digests at NAGC

ERIC Digests are short reports crafted by various education experts designed to provide an overview of information on a given topic, plus references to items providing more detailed information. They are targeted specifically for teachers, administrators, policymakers, and other practitioners, but have also proven useful to the broad educational community. 

Use the links below to access the ERIC Digests related to gifted education compiled and collected by NAGC to assist our members in advocacy and professional development efforts.


If you are looking for topics not covered in NAGC’s Gifted Eric Digest Collection, this free, searchable site provides another easy way to access the whole range of ERIC Digests produced by the former ERIC Clearinghouse system. 

This site also provides you with the tools to locate information in both English and Spanish—a helpful resource for connecting with your community.

The New ERIC Database at the U.S. Department of Education

The complete ERIC database was re-opened to the public on September 1, 2004, by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. Originally, the collection consisted of 1.1 million electronic bibliographic records describing journal and non-journal literature selected by ERIC from 1966 - 2003. The collection has since expanded to include many full-text articles as well (previously available through fee-based services only, but now available for free). In years ahead, the Department of Education hopes to include other electronic resources such as audio and video materials in the ERIC collection as well.

(*Hint – Be sure to try the thesaurus tool to maximize the breadth of your search.*)